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Abstract: The purpose of this research study was to explore how a community-based Asian American youth leadership program defines leadership, as well as to examine how that was shaped by staff members' understanding of the cultural context of the youth served by the program. The study was designed as an ethnographic study, using participant observation and staff interviews. Participants included ... read moreAsian American adolescents who participated in the youth leadership projects, as well as staff members who led these projects. Data analysis followed Spradley's ethnographic methods in three steps: domain, taxonomy, and componential analysis. Six types of different knowledge and skills were identified, with incidental teaching by staff leaders, hands-on practice, and learning for individual life skills identified as the most commonly used strategies. Application of knowledge and understanding of biculturalism were further found to be two core values regarding Asian American youth's leadership development. Further research is recommended to evaluate the effectiveness of the leadership skills and strategies identified, incorporating the perspective of the youth.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Jayanthi Mistry.
Committee: Francine Jacobs, and Carolyn Rubin.
Keywords: Developmental psychology, and Ethnic studies.read less